Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer - the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy - or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . .
Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.
©2009 Daniel Suarez; (P)2009 Penguin Audio
"Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills, and cyber suspense....A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel." (Publishers Weekly)
The story is well crafted and unfolds at a decent pace. The violence is gruesome and intense. The characters are memorable. The audio performance is excellent with a mechanical sound added when robots are talking. Very immersive listen. The story takes place in a pseudo-present time frame but has some technology that is way ahead of our time. Technology involved is strong augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Video games also play a prominent part in this plot.
There is one issue that I had with it, which is by the time you are 45 min from the end, you will be wondering : "How in the heck will Suarez be able to wrap all of this up in such a short time." The answer is HE DOESN'T! I feel very sorry for the folks who read this book when it first came out because they had to wait years for the resolve of the finale. What I am saying is you will have to buy his other book "Freedom TM" to get resolution.
If you like the themes of this story but want a less graphically violent text and something more humorous and playful, try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
This book is just an amazing tale about plausible although it can be seen as far fetched for some. I listened to it so many times I almost know it by heart. A great read (listen) experience.
John for his quick thinking
Yes although it's long but very entertaining
Wow, this was the quickest I have ever listened to a 15+ hour story. This was so full of action and had such a pace of action that I could not stop listening to this remarkable story! I normally don't like modern sci fi stories, opting for the futuristic earth/other planet stories for my entertainment and almost didn't listen to this story this weekend. I sucked it up and went ahead and started listening to it. Well, 24 hours later and I am done and about to order Freedom, the sequel! Wonderful read for anyone, even people like me that are not computer geeks or have never played the violent video/computer games this story is based upon.
I had several failed attempts at getting into audio books but this one grabbed me by the ankles yanking both feet out from under me and drug me into it from the beginning.
Pete Seabeck for the honest human flaws in him that made him the right man for the job
audio depth that separates the characters and keeps it interesting.
This book brought me excitement and dread in different points and the ending of the next book made tears well up in my eyes.
Buy it and clear your schedule
This story, while highly unbelievable, was incredibly entertaining. I thought the characters were interesting and I was rooting for their triumph (the good ones, anyway). I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.
I was disappointed in what felt like a cliffhanger at the end of the story, so I'm guessing there are more stories out there to follow this one.
I have to say this has to be the best techno-thriller in book or movie form I've ever had the enjoyment to come across. The willful decision by the author to make the technology used in the story realistic makes the story even better. Any time you can make something wild and crazy and almost "unbelievable" and then make it believable by tieing it to real life, you're just going to draw your audience in even further. For me in particular especially as an IT professional and an avid gamer, this was almost a wet dream. And the beauty of it is, the author doesn't require you to already understand those things to enjoy the story, as it's told in a clear way without alienating the "outsider" to such things.
Jeff Gurner does an amazing job on all of Daniel's books, and of course this one is no different. I love the way he reads, and makes the story better for it instead of being a distraction.
I hope Daniel keeps writing books for many years to come. I've read all he's come out with so far, and he never disappoints. Also, this book would make a KILLER movie...get on it Hollywood!
I love how this could actually happen in our world right now. The writing was top notch and flowed easily.
I'd say for the first hour it wasn't too thrilling but after that, it was non-stop and I hated having to stop listening. The weaves of stories/characters made you feel that at each turn you'd think you'd learn more but found another layer that was believable and intriguing
Pete Seabeck, nailed the gritty cop sound.
A technology thriller that won't let go
Suarez surely knows his way with computer networking and computer games ;-)
It is my first performance by Jeff Gurner, he is one of the best narrators for me
The story appeals to technology geeks as much as sociologists; the pace is extremely fast, there is practically no time to rest. I felt sad every time I needed to push the "pause" button. The audio production is fantastic, giving color and life to many different human as well as electronic characters.
This book presents a novel attack on our civilization.
There are four or five "main" characters, who are always doing something exciting. So the story will move to one of the other characters, leaving you on the edge of your seat.
I thought Jeff was great. He made the different characters easy to recognize. Did an amazing job with the german accent of one minor character. Usually we are dealing with one character, so it is pretty easy to follow what is happening.
Yes...but it is too long for that, which is a good thing.
For me, this was an amazing book that combined computers, murder, thrillers, biology.
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